In the US, the Polish people got a bad rap for many years. Despite a rich history of contributions to the endeavors of science (Nicolaus Copernicus), culture (Frederick Chopin) and politics (Lech Walesa) polish people were often seen as being unintellectual laborers and a lower class of European citizenry. Polish jokes were part of the mainstay of many comedians. Even TV's All In The Family kept Archie's Son in Law's "Meathead" ancestry a running gag with a slew of "you stupid Pollack" lines for many seasons.
Many people forget that the Poles fought bravely, abet briefly, during the initial Blitzkried of WW2. Facing insurmountable odds against a well armed, modern German Wermacht, the Poles used horse Cavalry in one of its last modern engagements as a last ditch effort not to be conquered. They did not succeed. Polish soldiers that escaped and Polish refugees made up the fourth largest component of the allied forces in Europe during the war. Polish partisans (often overshadowed in history books and the movies by their French counterparts) played an important role in keeping Germany occupied in Eastern Europe during the war. Over 6 million Polish civilians died during the war, many of Jewish decent as part of Hilter's "final solution". Over all, more Poles died in the war as a percentage of their country's population during the war than any other country. After the war as a Soviet satellite the Poles served their communist overlords with distinction and were a constant threat to the West as the name "Warsaw Pact" bore out. The Renaissance of democracy in Eastern Europe could easily of be argued to have been successfully launched in Poland with the Solidarity movement causing the Polish government, and the Soviets in turn, to make many concessions that struck the match of freedom for millions of people in Europe eventually. Today the Polish Tantal AK is a well respected and much sought after modified model of the AK-74 and is considered one of the best quality rifles available.
Now, I came across this video of a "Polish plate rack" in action at a steel plate match. This thing looks like it would be a beyatch! My scores would surely suffer! I am pretty sure that the Poles did not develop this device. Anyway, I thought it was a good reason to give a brief history lesson on one of the great "forgotten" cultures of Europe. Enjoy the vid!
2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)